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Hoping for Love: Gansett Island Series, Book 5 Paperback – March 4, 2012
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"Another solid entry into the McCarthy's of Gansett Island series. Marie Force continues to create characters that readers can identify with and make you want to visit fictional Gansett Island and its residents." ―Night Owl Reviews
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***Start reading Marie's New York Times Bestselling Gansett Island Series today with Maid for Love, free on Amazon.***
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold more than 2.3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold more than 1.2 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Green Mountain Series as well as the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide!
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This is Evan and Grace's turn for their happily ever after. Grace has recently had lap band surgery and has lost over a hundred pounds. She is dumped on the island by an old high school crush who had made a bet with his friends to bed "the whale", her rude high school nickname. Evan, being a noble McCarthy man, sees her in distress and comes to her rescue. As the story progresses, Evan tells Grace, "Aw, Grace. I think it's going to turn out that you're the one who rescued me."
Not only do you get to read their story, you also get to reacquaint yourself with Mac and Maddie and kids, Big Mac and Linda, Grant and Stephanie, and even a glimpse of Ned and Francine. You will get to know a little more about Laura and Owen (their book is next!) and Tiffany and Blaine (I personally can't wait to read that one - it should be hilarious!). For Marie's many fans, this is like a family reunion that we've all been invited to attend. Not only do we get to talk to everyone, but we then get to go to her Facebook page and discuss the book. I have never seen an author so connected to all her fans like Marie is.
So, sit back, relax, get in the island frame of mind and thoroughly enjoy the latest edition of the McCarthy's of Gansett Island. Don't forget to order your favorite drink from the Tiki Bar!
So basically, I'd really recommend taking a breather between each book. It might make you appreciate these more.
The love story between Grace and Evan is the most amusing of the series. No real negative overtones surround them other than real-life hurdles like work, career, and future hopes and dreams. Of the series this is the `feel-good' book. From the first we love Grace because she is so lovable! Evan, however, he grows on us. We cannot help but to love the `I want no commitment' guy. He's human and as such; vulnerable to a loving, beautiful, warm-hearted, and joyful woman named Grace. It's like a train coming down the track and Evan is watching it from far away and slowly it picks up speed and he can't seem to get off the track! He's sucked into the vortex that is Grace. He knows exactly what is happening to him and he's fighting it like all-get-out! It's quite the battle and all the while Grace is unperturbed, relaxed, and seemingly uncaring of whether Evan decides to stay or go! The more relaxed Grace is, the more Evan is bothered and ultimately he caves! Grace dances away from him enough that when he finally let's go; she turns and catches him. It's an old trick, between us ladies......
Evan McCarthy is very comical. He's got a self-deprecating sense of humor that would attract any female within a 2 mile radius. In this story he starts out a man determined to stay a bachelor and for as long as possible. He isn't denying that he'll eventually cave to being like his siblings (the previous books in this series) and get tied-down. It's just that Evan wants to be footloose and free for as long as possible. Enter Grace, and Evan hasn't a snowballs chance in hades. Evan is caught-up in a web that he fights against with all his might. Until it dawns on him that by giving in; he has it all and is giving up nothing and gaining everything he never thought he'd want, and yet with Grace he wants it. The fight is hilarious! He does a few dumb things and is absolutely the most adorable man for having done them. His thinking is also very comical. He is always giving himself pep-talks meant to reinforce his bachelorhood.
This type of story is told over and over in romance novels. However; in the Gansett Island series each book is unique, and ends up the readers' favorite until the next book is available. I personally swear that each book is my favorite. Each character has their own personality and beyond the familial relationships there are no murky overlaps. Each storyline is unique in its own way. How does Marie Force manage this? I haven't a clue but I thank her guardian angel for helping her be the fine writer she is. Marie creates the true `Calgon Take Me Away' books. I've read each novel she's written (that's out for us to read, that is). EVERY book has been exemplary. Marie is a FORCE to be reckoned with!!
I'd recommend this book and the whole series of books. I love how the Gansett Island residents connect to one another. When a new character is written in, I always wonder if they'll reemerge later on and who they could be paired with. I treasure each book and plan to revisit each one regularly. Did you know that Marie Force is on Facebook and has blogs for all her books? Lots of discussions are happening. Join in if you feel so inclined. We all love Marie and her books!
Thank you Marie for giving us greedy readers another fine novel. I guess you can tell I loved it and am a happily-hooked-fan.